Duarte Leite

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Duarte Leite
Minister for Finances
In office
3 September 1911 – 12 November 1911
Prime Minister João Chagas
Preceded by José Relvas
Succeeded by Sidónio Pais
58th Prime Minister of Portugal
(4th of the Republic)
In office
16 June 1912 – 9 January 1913
President Manuel de Arriaga
Preceded by Augusto de Vasconcelos
Succeeded by Afonso Costa
Minister for Internal Affairs
In office
16 June 1912 – 23 September 1912
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Silvestre Falcão
Succeeded by Augusto de Vasconcelos
Personal details
Born (1864-08-11)11 August 1864
Porto, Kingdom of Portugal
Died 29 September 1950(1950-09-29) (aged 86)
Porto, Portuguese Republic
Political party Portuguese Republican Party
Alma mater University of Coimbra
Occupation Professor of mathematics and astronomy,
mathematician,
historian,
newspaper editor,
journalist
and diplomat

Duarte Leite Pereira da Silva, GCC (Porto, 11 August 1864 – Porto, 29 September 1950; Portuguese pronunciation: [duˈaɾt(ɨ) ˈlɐjt(ɨ)], was a Portuguese historian, mathematician, journalist, diplomat and politician. He graduated in Mathematics at the University of Coimbra, in 1885. He taught at the Politecnic Academy of Porto, from 1886 to 1911. Meanwhile he was also the director of the newspaper diary "A Pátria". As a historian, he published many studies, later compiled in "História dos Descobrimentos" (History of the Discoveries), in 2 volumes.

After the overthrow of the Portuguese monarchy in 1910, he was Minister of Finance during the Augusto de Vasconcelos government (1911–1912), and succeeded him, as Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, from 16 June 1912 to 9 January 1913.

From 1914 to 1931 he served as Portuguese ambassador to Brazil. He was a candidate to the Presidency of the Republic in the elections held in the Congress of the Republic, in 1925. Faithful all his life to his left-wing republican principles, he became a member of the 1945–48 Movement of Democratic Unity, which during its brief lifespan functioned as the first form of legalized opposition to Salazar's far-right Estado Novo (New State) regimen.

Preceded by
Augusto de Vasconcelos
Prime Minister of Portugal
(President of the Ministry)

1912–1923
Succeeded by
Afonso Costa